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this show, whether i'm going to be alive next week or possibly dead. dr. oz. also, the only man who can turn a four-letter word into an international smash hit. ♪ see you driving around town with the girl i love and i'm like forget you ♪ >> what's up, man? i'm so anxious to talk tour, the anticipation is killing me. >> my exclusive with cee lo green. you have got probably more money in those diamonds in your teeth than i have earned in a lifetime. how many have you got? >> would you stop being modest please? plus, only in america. a lesson for all those new facebook millionaires on the right way to spend their money. this is "piers morgan tonight." very few television programs could actually improve your health. i'm hoping this one will because dr. oz is the kind of guy that makes you feel better and not
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just in that kind of cozy convivial sense. dr. oz, welcome. >> thank you very much. >> originally said heart surgeon, author, research, philanthropist, tv star. >> oh, please. >> read all that. >> be sealy wand's husband. i had the best time. >> it was brilliant, you interviewed my wife for a british newspaper. she is a journalist. and she came back bubbling with enthusiasm because you had actively instructed her to improve her health by drinking more wine and having more sex. >> yes, i did that as a favor to you, piers. >> thank you. >> it helps a lot. the fascinating thing, and you know, talked to celia, doing a free clinic in los angeles. i gained a lot of insight into how she thought about health in this country, and, of course, when you are talking to someone who is a foreign national about where we stand in america, you see there are huge opportunities to maybe nudge ourselves in a better direction, which fundamental, what my whole life had been about. >> piers: a fascinating exercise, thousands of people turning up from the lowest
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elements society, in terms of ability to pay for health care or anything like that and someone suffering appalling, long-term tumors and so on. what do you do that for? what is the motivation for you when you have those kind of open, free clinics? >> piers, i get letters in the mail daily from folks who say you are my doctor. not just figuratively because i watch you in television, literally you i don't have a doctor. you have 50 million people without health care coverage, many of them are going to seek out whatever resources they exist. the tv show happens to be one of those resources. we began running these free clinics in part because i could hear the shame in the voices of people who were writing. they felt they didn't matter, they didn't have a voice, they were invisible in so we have a covenant that we make with each other as part of society that i think allows us to feel like wary member of that community and whether we have insurance or not, we should at least be counted on those regards. we runt clinics to embrace folks who cannot get care otherwise and there are some tragic elements of this >> piers: what is the simple answer for the
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tens of millions of people in america who simply will never be able to afford health care? how does america look after its most needy people with a system that often doesn't allow them to have anything? >> everyone has to be in the system. you cannot drive a system that is going to be aiming at preventing illness if everyone is not in it the whole gaming of health insurance and health care in america is based on that fundamental principle, insure people who aren't sick and you don't have to pay more money on them. if everybody is in the system it pace all of us to it pay attention, 80 million people, diabetic or prediabetic. >> 18 million people? >> 80 people people. diabetes is like broken glass shards scraping the delicate lining of your arteries. the number one cause, which i will measure on you, is blood pressure. a simple cuff like this which hope everybody could hear my voice -- >> normally my blood pressure is okay, but even talking to you about this, probably sending it
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racing you. >> since you kindly, i don't know a prop this is a supply i had in the -- carrots and celery sticks here. >> piers: quite a healthy green room. >> i had to swipe away the doughnut remnants of the croissants left behind. these simple decisions impacted us dramatically f we are going to have a true preventative health care approach to taking care of people, basically about making easy to do the right thing, everybody has to be in the system. the tough decisions shouldn't be that, piers. the tough decisions should be how we are going to be able to give affordable care to people and get our value back. >> piers: what is the simple answer? >> the simple answer is the most expensive thing we do in medicine is provide bad care. when i get a patient cared for poorly or if i make a mistake, without being wise about what i'm doing, prescribing this harmful, that costs us all a lot of money. i'm of turkish origin you may know, you throw a coin into a well, right, one foolish person can do that but takes 1,000 wisemen to get it back out again. we are spending most of our time
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in american health care fixing the mistakes that either we in the profession are causing or our patients are, without recognizing it, causing to themselves. >> piers: how limiting and how much more complicated is the system in america because of the massive overreliance on bureaucracy and threat of lid lithe gauges which leads to more bureaucracy and so on? how restrike stiff that to you as a practitioner? >> we estimate 20 to 25% of the health care expenses, a huge amount of money is driven by the bureaucracy, fear of making mistakes, might be higg significantly more than that. hard to measure anything. here is the big message i think everybody in the world getting, you cannot be a healthy country you are you are not a healthy country. what china is worried about is the health of their citizens, strip away the vitality. corporate leaders worry they are spending so much on health care, they can't keep up with the expenses required to make simple productsship. a serious issue you at its root lies the challenges that we all face.
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we can fight about how to move around those deck seats on the "titanic." tend of the day, we will have to get away from that and start making serious choices. >> piers: if you were analyzing and summing up the state of america's health, 1 to 100, how bad is it with the higher number being bad, lower number being good? comparative to, say, other main countries, major countries in the world? >> you know, again, using your scaling system, i would probably give us an 80. it is not where it should be. a couple reasons for that first off, i don't think we are very efficient in how we invest our resources of health. but mostly, we have made our society into a perfect storm for making mistakes in your health. if you're making hard to do the right thing, the right thing is not gonna happen f there are no sidewalks in neighborhoods, people aren't going to go out there and walk. you department didn't grow up in this country, our viewers might resonate this, did you walk to school when you were a kid? >> piers: yeah.
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>> 60, 70% of folks watching this show now, our able, walked to school when they were kids. >> piers: i read if you do a brisk half an hour walk a day whoever you are, that would maintain a pretty high level of fitness over time. >> absolutely right. let me accentuate this. you go around the world, look at people that lift longest that is the one secret they all share. >> piers: movement. daily, vigorous physical activity. >> piers: people in america and the same applies to britain, are just very sedentary in their lives. >> every hour you sit at work increases your mortality 11%. think about that go back to the statistics how far we walk to school. the average number, adults today, generally walk to school more than half the time. today's children walk to school about 10% of the time. we have created a society where it is acceptable to be sedentary. similar examples exist for many, the decisions we make, what foods are available, junk food, fast food, et cetera. >> piers: hold that thought. i want to talk specifically about american health, how people are getting it wrong what they should do to get it right and be healthy.
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>> the many time, i am going to check your blood pressure on the break. >> piers: come on. let's do it. [ female announcer ] roam like the gnome this summer. it's the travelocity spring into summer sale. you can save up to 50% on select hotels and vacation packages. so book your summer vacation now and save up to 50%. offer ends soon. book right now at
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so this is a bit of tv history for me. i have just had my blood pressure taken by dr. oz. i have no idea about the results. you are about to find out on this show whether i'm going to be alive next week or possibly dead. >> your number is 134/82. >> piers: how good is that? >> 134 is average for america. let me take this off and talk about what is average in america. >> piers: yeah. yeah. >> so when you're average, in most things, that's okay. but when you are average with your blood pressure it doesn't mean you're optimal.
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>> piers: right. >> the goal should be -- >> piers: what should i be looking for? >> 115/75 is the optimal number. the hypertensive number too high you 140/90 f you are 134/82, which is what you were, and that means that you're average, it translates to is that your life expectancy is going to be several years shorter than if your number was the optimal number that is a big deal for folks because they don't realize the number one driver of all aging is high blood pressure, like a fire hydrant that is ruck off the lining of your arteries. by doing that, forces your arteries to have to repair themselves continuously. if i punch a hole in this table here, how i do fix that hole? i fix the hole by putting plaster in. the body's blaster is called cholesterol. the more holes i have, the more i have to use my cholesterol to fix it. if i have the wrong kind of cholesterol, bad food gives me, i'm stuck, making that plaque that causes everything from erectile disfunction you and sealy were talking about. >> piers: i'm not talking about that. what the hell are you talking about? >> i'm sorry.
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>> piers: talking about your problems, not mine. >> the wine and the -- intimacy issues we were talking about earlier all drive back to that insight. the blood pressure problem a bigger issue from your heart and brain. >> piers: coming from europe, i was stunned by how much food americans consume. i mean it is probably -- not exaggeration to say probably twice as much physical food being consumed on a daily basis, the size of the portions. >> no question the portion control is a big part of it. i spend every day talking about portion control are cheat the system, get what you need out of t people know what to do often times and they can't do it emotionally. you have to ask yourself, why is that? what is that deep empty hole inside they are trying to fill? i think a lot of it comes down to the fact that a lot of people in america feel out of control. so, if i can't control my job or my spouse or the people in my life, the only thing i can control is my arm and the fork that it's holding. so i use t so i think when we
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talk about obesity in america, part to have is the system, the environment we have crafted around this, portion scream good example. part of it is that we don't treat food like it's sacred. the brain is smart, piers. it is not looking for calories it is looking for nutrients. if i'm giving myself junk food, a lot of calories in it, my brain is going to say that is fantastic, but where's my goodies? >> is the american diet, the main american die yet, the masses, for want of a better phrase, would eat on a regular basis? is that worse as a diet than a country like britain, like india, like china? give me some comparison to play with here about the quality of the diet. >> well, the united kingdom has the highest incidence of hardening of the arteries of any of the countries i'm aware of, i'm sure there are a couple higher, this is the major countries, near the top, many of the studies are done there, because of that the british die yet, think is much better than u.s. diet. china, india, many parts of europe, people eat real food.
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they -- the foods they eat came out of the ground looking the way it looks when they eat it not processed. don't go for the head fakes. somebody say is that low fat food, it means we took food and adulterated it. what do you add back? add sugar back. one example, skim milk, good for you or bad for you >> piers: sure about to tell you it is not good for you. >> exactly. >> piers: why. >> if i take the fat out of milk what is left? sugar. crazily. >> piers: what is the best milk to drink? >> regular milk, just less of it. if i give you a low-sugar alternative, it is mucking it up. that is why artificial sweeteners don't look. >> piers: it lasts longer in the fridge or sitting outside, it lasts days longer. bread, a loaf of bread here will survive two weeks before it starts to mold. in britain, it will go in two or three days. what does that mean?
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it made me think this is odd, how many preservatives are in this food? >> many of the preservatives good for shelf life but bad for human life. insect sweetener, a lot were designed not for human use but industrial use. you know, when there was a problem with reading the right kinds of fats for candles, started using transfats, vegetable oils and manipulated them. the scientists did the right thing to make candles, you extrapolate that into human consumption, it raises major red flags for tt. part is the biology of british, understanding how your body responds -- >> piers: biology of blubber? >> it's yours, please use it. the biology of blubber, understanding what naturally happens to your body when you do these things, part is the emotional burdens that drive us to do things we shouldn't do give you one good metaphor. 1,000 years ago, since you asked about stress, 1,000 years ago, what was stress? wasn't a deadline for a tv show, wasn't a ratings point, wasn't someone criticizing you, it was famine, not having enough food.
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so, when we feel chronic stress, we think we are in a famine. what happens in a table, we release chemicals in our brain that force us to eat more of things we don't like. voila. french word. that's what -- that's what happens in america and other societies when we feel chronic stress and we see this especially in parts of the country where people are under chronic stress, socioeconomic stress in particular is one that drives obesity levels. that, my friend, mortgages our nation's future. you don't deal with obesity when people are young, they will carry it to a disease much earlier. i have started operating, piers, on 25-year-old people, 25-year-olds with hardening of the arteries. unheard of a generation ago. why? they grew up as 10 and 12-year-old diabetics with high cholesterol and using medications to get treated. by the time we are done with this you and i and everybody else paying to take care of people not going to get a high-quality return to that investment. >> piers: one of the biggest problems americans facing with health they could easily fix what are the most common
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mistakes people make with their health? >> five major themes that drive 70% of how long and how well we age. five theme, one is blood pressure we checked yours, yours is the average blood pressure, the average isn't good enough. need to be optimal. number two daily physical activity, which we have talked about. number three diet you love. i'm not saying more important than one good four, you can find foods that you love good for you, if do you that you will eat those foods. >> tell me about the mythology of diet. what is the best way to lose weight without having to just eat carrots? >> first off, carbohydrates, i think we have a problem with simple carbohydrates, white foods, white rice you white pasta, the whites that we bake with, all problemses for us, but carbo high dplats general stimulates your thyroid gland, if you take out your carbohydrates, you drop your metabolism, people trying to diet hard, they don't succeed, the body is too smart four the biology of blubber will catch you and pull you back to rate. in order keep your metabolism
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high to burp off the calories you are eating, you want carbohydrates, you want to diet smart not hard h keith to long-term established weight loss it is all about losing 100 calories from your diet every day not more. you true i do cut off 400 calories, your metabolism showdown t. >> too dramatic? >> your body is geared a dozen systems to keep you eating. if i told you, piers, hold your breath underwater indefinitely, you can't do that can't hold your breath forever, everybody knows that, same for dieting, there are a lot of reasons your body would not want you to do that never in our history ever would you need that. >> focus primarily on losing 100 cal days are from the way would you normally lead your life what kind of results would you see and what kind of time span? >> just give you an idea of 100 calories, half a dough nut you half a soft drink, a small nudgy move take off 12 or 13 pounds a year. >> piers: what is your regimen like in terms of diet and fitness, you are absurdly fit, houfld are you?
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>> 51 >> you are look fitter than me, 46. we have an issue here. but tell me what you do to maintain good level of fitness, personally. >> get up at the same time every morning. >> which is? >> 6:00, 5 or 6 for rage come to in a second, get up at 5 or 6 because i know will create a routine for me, i control my future destiny. as soon as i get up, first thing i do is seven minutes of exercise. >> piers: seven? >> i will tell you why it is he haveson, do what i want to do a sun salutation, a series of yoga moves, not touchy feely, i played football in college, preseason football practice stuff with some sit-ups and pushups. in seven minutes i do it because i know even me can make seven minutes in their life. and i challenge anyone watching >> piers: seven minutes is enough? >> enough to get you going in the morning, get your metabolism up, pushups and sit-up with us my stretching exercises, i feel like i control what i'm doing the rest of the day. big reason itselfen, no the 15, 25, challenge everybody out
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there now to ask themselves, am i so disorganized in my life i can't carve out seven minutes? i get my -- >> piers: go to the gym at all? >> no. >> piers: do you run? >> i do. i do lots of activity, play basketball, lots of activities, not then, the core to my health is the seven minute us in the morning if i'm so busy all day long, don't have time, so exhausted i can't get it in i got my seven minutes every single day the consistency that helps. date time, i run a lot, you should-getting up from your deck go the to the person's cubicle, ask them the question, don't sit on your tail the whole time, but that is a life style issue. >> piers: hold it there come back and talk about what you eat and drink. >> perfect. >> piers: i hope you drink wine. >> i do. >> piers: that's all i wanted to hear. for three hours a week, i'm a coach. but when i was diagnosed with prostate cancer... i needed a coach. our doctor was great, but with so many tough decisions
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let's talk about the muscles of the body. point out, see how thin this biceps muscle is? compare it to the pectoral his muscle or the gluteus muscle, the muscles that actually cushion our hips, when we walk, these become big and strong this is where the furnace is this is
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where the action is you build muscle mass in order to burn calories. >> piers: special guest, dr. oz. fascinating watching you do this. you are a natural for television with this kind of thing. just finish two lines of inquiry we had. one was your morning regime and what you eat through the day and drink. and secondly, the other, the five points that you raise and people should be really focused on if they want to lose weight and be healthy. >> let me finish the five points quickly. you want to know some key values about your blood, including your cholesterol and your blood sugar numbers much. so many folks who don't note numbers and tragically important to our well being -- long-term well being. the five is the stress management. not talking about getting rid of stress. you want the stress it is the chronic lack of control in your life and back to my game plan for my life. i never want to be out of control. i want to be five minutes early for the things i do. i want to have at least in front of me the opportunities are thought, so i can pick the ones that suit where i have to be. >> piers: avoid unnecessary stress. >> the chronicity of stress is related to that. i don't figure out what i'm
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going to have for breakfast every day. i have the same breakfast every day yogurt, greek yogurt, i would call it turkish yogurt with some blueberries in it. it is a constant meal. i don't have to reinvent the wheel. most people have to make so many decisions during the day, a decision, by the time you get 4 in the afternoon, start making bad decisions, work, food you are eating, relationships you have, add the glass of wine you have, the wrong direction. >> let's talk about alcohol, which is a particular favorite of mine, because that is the one thing that stop mess dieting, somebody, a doctor, whoever, says, to not allowed to touch alcohol. forget it. i can't be bothered. secondly, what you do about that overwhelming temptation i had this afternoon, for example, come my lunchtime meal decision, i just saw this gigantic turkey sandwich with all the trimmings from subway and i ordered it and i loved it. how are you going to deal with my cravings? >> well, first, alcohol has a longevity benefit, no question.
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a glass of wine by yourself in the morning that is a problem. >> piers: yeah. >> with friends in your life. >> piers: i don't do that >> connecting with each other and there is intimacy. make the big comment, your show is all over the world, need to talk to everybody for a second, the number one problem we have in the world, right? lack of connection. >> piers: technology, of course. >> i think a big part of it. but also a lack of understanding how critical it is who we are, people say why is your show working? the reason my show works is because all of no human history, there was a healer in your midst, you craved that iconically. the reason we crave intimacy that is what keeps us going. >> piers: is it true that red wine is better for you than white wine? >> absolutely true. the reason is the skin of the grape that is incorporated into the red wine has a chemical calls resveratrol, a very important chemical in getting cells to live longer. think about wine, growing in hillsides fairly rough terrain. the plants are getting a message to themselves it is not easy here, live long. we eat that plant, that plant is communicating to the mammalian
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species, the animal kingdom, saying these chemicals are enforcing, reinforcing a message for yourselves to live longer. we believe that is why red wine is better. but 90% of the benefit of red wine is the alcohol, not the kind of wine it is. alcohol, in general, does allow us to build that intimacy back we are talking about. comes to the management of stress it is the best tool, gives you an excuse to decap the for a few minutes. >> piers: to relax. >> back. >> back other question, peripatetic in your questioning here, the issues of the hot moments. >> piers: something that you snow not great for you but you really want to eat t. >> but you are in a hot moment. it is -- you are in a prime position to make a bad decision, which is you why should never make food decisions when you are hungry. >> piers: it a bad decision if i thoroughly enjoyed every moment of that turkey sub. >> you happened to gotten a subway, i think it is -- >> piers: typical american sandwich this big.
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i should never have eat an quarter of it i devour it had like a bar bare yachblt >> takes you back to the biology of british. two seconds here, a hormone in your stomach called ghrelin, sounds like gremlin, growling in there piers' stomach wants to eat that >> piers: very noisy. >> that hormone takes half an hour to be quenched when you eat a meal. you are like me and most people watching us, in half an house, you have had three meals. so if you don't always have something that you are putting in your mouth, which i do, if you are not always eating something, every two hours at least that ghrelin hormone gets so loud. >> piers: what do you do to constantly snack? >> nuts in my pocket. >> piers: any nut also, good? >> wall nat nuts, omega-3 fats, hazelnuts, i like tree nuts, real nuts, i keep them around because they are the source of life. i actually soak my walnuts, makes them a little bit softer, take some of the bitterness out of them h you can do anything you want, if you keep foods around you love. listen, i know you were kind of me to bring these in -- this would be what i would keep in my
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des he can at work, i keep carrots and celery there. >> piers: snack. >> i can chew on them, if i'm gonna eat mindlessly, i'm eating mindlessly things already good for me, so you are automaticing your life. you made a decision today to have that subway. in a nonautomated way. if you want to keep your weight down and do the right thing, auto mate it, you have your lunch brought to you you and in a timely fashion, you had your nauts 10 in the morning, you are you are not famished, i think you should play around at different, sit down with different have a wine with people you care about ideally your family, then eat some food and have the wine, not as a preamble to the meal, not your a advertise, have it as your dinner event or dessert. here is why you have alcohol, it disinhibits you, as we all know. you start your alcoholic bev room the middle of the dinner and let it guide you through to the dessert, no one want was to a key yanty with tear rah please sue, you will bag the dessert around eat or drink your wine. another dessert, people can
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change their life today, tonight, when you walk into a restaurant, i don't care how good it is that waiter brings you bread with some but the per it is like satan coming to visit you. >> piers: is it? >> no way you can block that off. preemptively say i want crudite or olive oil with whole grain breed. that is what i got in front of you. >> piers: what if you absolutely love bread? >> well, most people will have a problem with too much bread. but if you can truly is one roll only for dinner and you go with that god bless you, type with me, you are like most americans, that's not what you door once you tempt yourself to do that you are baiting your biology and when do you that you will generally lose the battle. >> piers: dr. oz, it has been fascinating. i can't work out if i feel better or worse for having talked to you the last hour. >> all i can say the strong will, take nut right direction. can i please thank you? she wrote -- it is just a -- it was a miracle to see how she put the words together for this one little piece for "the telegraph." >> piers: found it fascinating
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to go to this clinic you had with people with into money, no hope for proper medical treatment and the care and attention gave them and the passion you brought to it. it is an impressive thing do you with those clinics. i wish you the best of t. >> you are very kind. >> piers: dr. oz, thank you. >> bless you. >> piers: firm handshake. that was dr. mehmet oz. a man who turned an f-bomb into a smash hit song, the unforgettable cee lo green. ♪
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♪ born to you wild ♪ born to be wild ♪ i am born to be wild >> piers: cee lo green with juliet simms, a finalist from team see low from "the voice" and know cee lo from "forget you," what we will call it here. the unforgettable cee lo green. go for the real title, cnn, 9:00, got to be careful.
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>> understandable. >> piers: tell me about that song that became a phenomenon. how much of it if you are honest, was shock marketing? >> uh, almost all of it. >> piers: i love the honesty. >> we had a clue it would be noticeable. and we released it virally for the buzz factor. >> piers: it was huge. 2 million downloads. >> immediately. getting on the plane to london, actually, when it was released. and by the time we landed, like an eight-hour trip from atlanta, and by the time we landed, by the time we landed, it was a smash record. >> piers: when you get that big and have a bit of fun with the title and obviously deliberately shocking, any part of you slightly feel, well, maybe we should have been a bit more careful here?
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>> well, i guess the consideration we took was to prerecord the alternative version for radio and elsewhere, just in the event that the song, you know, did connect in some way. but it did it. it connected exactly the way i would have wanted it, that is with people, you know what i'm saying? >> piers: it certainly did that. the thing i find fascinating about you, cee lo, i came to know you on "the voice," knew you before, loved "crazy," especially by your upbringing, your story, found it incredibly powerful. you grew up in atlanta. >> yes. >> piers: you lost both your parents before you were 18. your father died when you were 2 years old. your mother died when you were 18, but she had this awful end to her life. after she had this terrible car crash, she was paralyzed. she then sort of struggled on for a couple of years before dying. >> yes. >> piers: i know this had a profound effect own, especially your mother's death. when you're 18 years old and effectively, you have now been orphaned what does that do to a young man?
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>> um, it's definitely a rude, a very rude awakening. but i was able to see some -- some purpose in it. i believe that it was a sacrifice, full, because i have also answered this question on occasion by saying that i had actually died and my mother lives on. my -- my -- my work, my aspiration, my ability, even my -- down to my articulation is my mother's will, my mother's work and want for me, you know what i'm saying? so, i can't remember being anything close to what i've become prior to. so, you know -- >> piers: what do you think she would have made of your extraordinary success? >> i think she would have been the best manager ever. my mother was quite an -- quite an entrepreneurial spirit and such an independent -- such a class act. she was something else. >> piers: pretty proud of you, wouldn't she? >> i think she still is.
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she is definitely -- >> piers: do you feel she has a presence? >> i think she is definitely alive in all of this positive energy surrounding what's back of me. >> piers: you were a troubled kid. you have been very honest about this i was reading some of the stuff you said about -- that you have put out there. >> yeah. >> piers: childhood frustrations led to what they call hobbies. you tortured stray animals, beat up homeless people, mugged pedestrians, you set fire to things, you brawled with kids all the time. >> yeah. >> piers: what was going on in this mad world that you were then occupying? >> well, i will correct one of those things. the torturing animals thing was just this one occasion, not to say it is ever right, but it is not even a funny story. >> piers: so slightly out of control? >> yeah. >> piers: is that overstating it? >> no, no, no. i think it is pretty appropriate to say that i was a bit out of control. i look back in retrospect and i realize i was most likely, most probably an artist without an outlet and i believe that we all kind of come from that -- that
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unknowing, you know what i mine, and you discover yourself and i believe the plight of life and all existence is to master one's self, you know, one day at a time. you can kind of figure out your focus. >> piers: how did you do it? how did you make that move? what was it about you, particularly given you didn't have either your parents after 18? how did you transform into this cee lo? >> well, um, i definitely -- again, my mother's passing, you know, had a lot to go with me committing myself. and then prior to that you know, music is something on any occasion that you can either inherit or acquire and i believe that my ability is of an inheritance. >> piers: when i look at your dazzling smile, i'm struck by the fact you have got probably more money in those diamonds in your teeth than i have earned in a lifetime. how many have you got? >> would you stop being modest, piers. >> piers: that's it. that was the smart answer i was after.
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you have got two diamonds, right? >> yes. >> piers: dare i ask how much they were? >> about -- a gentleman never tells, we are friends and we are never -- just between me and you, about -- um, $15,000 worth of dental work. worth of diamonds. >> piers: are you with a particular lady right now, cee lo? would you like to spread the love? >> you know what you know what, my -- my preoccupation is very apparent. i work very, very hard and i'm a professional most of the time. and so, i don't have a lot of time, you know, to spread myself too thin, you know, but i am free, you know, and well within my rights to date and things of that nature, but i do have a friend or two and -- >> piers: is it easy to date if you are cee lo green right now? can you trust women? >> if you -- if you are honest with yourself it is very hard
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for people to lie to you. i'm a very honest person, you know what i'm saying? so i think what i have been able to accomplish outright and out loud, it does repel a lot of what is typical, because i'm not typical, so, i don't anticipate anyone, you know, coming to me with a textbook approach. someone has to be different. the feeling has to be mutual. i don't go to every party i'm invited to >> piers: let's take a short break, come and talk to you about america. >> okay. >> piers: because you're a successful businessman now, i want to know your views about america, where it is going park, the economy, i have a feeling it can be interesting. ♪ oh, i got some news for you, oh, i really hate your -- right now ♪ ♪ see you driving around town [ female announcer ] roam like the gnome this summer.
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>> ultimately, i'm a fan of music. >> i use music sometimes as heiroglyphics, discovering the song, seems like i've already written it.
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>> let's talk about america. >> okay. >> what are the values that makes a good american? >> i guess -- you know, it would be, you know, a matter of just share and share alike and earning your keep and all those good old-fashioned quotables that you could apply to the conversation of just, you know, what's fair is fair and blah, blah, blah. but i just think what makes a good america is honor and pride and appropriation. and so i just believe that, you know, situations like music in school, supporting youth and extracurricular activities and these things, creating job opportunities, creating extracurricular opportunities for kids and so on and so forth, i mean, these things were available. >> are you a big tweeter?
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>> i'm not a big tweeter. i've been tweeting the last few years and i probably have about 800 total. >> how many followers do you have? >> i have about a million followers. >> only 8 million. how do you feel about that? it looks fantastically lavish and over the top, and why shouldn't it? >> that's why i can vouch for it. >> bringing your loathe brand to liberaci. >> i wanted to bring back show business to kind of reinstate, you know, that term, you know, because it's the era of entertainment that really inspired me, you know. look at that guy.
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you know, he's like, i was just made for las vegas and it's really such a fun town, and they really endorse and advocate and embrace and uplift the arts. >> what's the most outrageous night you've ever had in vegas? >> you know what the saying is. what happens in vegas stays in vegas. >> imagine you're on your deathbed in 50 years time or even later, and you could relive one part you had in vegas, give me a clue. give me an inkling into your wild life. what was the party you want to go out with in your memory? >> in all honesty, piers, i haven't had it yet. a lot of times when we go to las vegas, it's probably just for an occasion, a party here or there. i've had some memorable times, but i'm going to be there for a month straight. starting august 29 is when liberace comes to hollywood, so
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let me come back in a couple months and have this conversation. >> would you make sure i get an invite? >> most certainly, most certainly. >> "the voice" is back in the fall. >> "the voice" is back in the fall. i'm happy to say i'll be part of season 3. >> thank you. ♪
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amid all the facebook frenzy, what does it really mean to be a friend? mark zuckerberg is turning mere mortals into millionaires. shareholders around the world will become ridiculously wealthy. they can trade their mouses for money bags and all the lavish life they like. before you start your spending spree, here's what one texas businessman did with his money. he was shopping in his neighborhood k-mart when a chum told him the store was closing. everything was up for sale. so he went up and down the aisles and bought everything in that k-mart store, every single item, but it wasn't cheap. >> it was $200,000 at retail. to be honest with you, i could have made 30, $40,000 on it.
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>> he didn't turn around and sell the stuff. instead he gave it away for free, donated it to needy families in the area. children had coats, gloves and hats to keep warm in the winter. he didn't want any thanks. he just thought it was the right thing to do, to pay back. i congratulate you for facebook tonight. like winston churchill said, we make a living by what we get but we make a life by what we give. i hope the facebook guys understand that, too. newly released evidence in the trayvon martin shooting. for the first time, the interview with trayvon martin's girlfriend and for the first time we learned there is an eyewitness that said they saw the fight between trayvon martin and george zimmerman. we know trayvon martin died with a gunshot wound and the chest and we know that geo